Sunday, November 13, 2011

Of Mad Women and Bumps!

If you happened to be driving through Elvedon Forest in north Suffolk last Monday and saw a "mad woman" standing in the middle of the road with her camera, then it was probably me!  This avenue of trees is delightful at all stages of the year, and my photo doesn't really do it justice as it was such a gloomy day, but it's like driving through an autumn tunnel.

Elvedon Forest

Now for the bumps - when I visited the 'Out of the Fold' Exhibition in Bury last month I saw a small textile piece that involved shibori felt.  It fascinated me so I've had a go myself.  I dyed some wool prefelt in the microwave (don't worry I have a separate bowl from the food bowls!) and embellished it a little with silk fibres.  Then I made silver foil bobbles, wrapped the fabric round them with elastic bands and felted it in the washing machine.

Then I added threads, french knots and beads.  It's all stitched onto some Indian rag paper.  The whole thing, including the paper is only about 21cm x 15cm (it shrank loads in the machine).  If I'd thought it through I would have done the french knots and beads before I couched it onto the paper, but I didn't, so it was a bit fiddly.

From this angle it looks a bit like an alien landscape!

What will I do with it?  No idea, but it was fun making it!


Emma said...

A lovely soft intriging landscape! You hve just got to go for it, experimenting & having fun. I see it as the focal point of a sea themed wall hanging, but it could be many things;)

Magic Cochin said...

Thank you for risking life and limb standing in the middle of the road in Elvedon Forest! It's a glorious place in autumn (we sometimes go to a special location where the giant puffballs grow) and you've captured the majesty of the beautiful trees in your photo.


Jo said...

I can imagine that it's much darker in the tree avenue during summer when the trees have their full quota of leaves. There's so many different colours around at the moment.

Toffeeapple said...

Gorgeous tree shot.